Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Watermelons - Yummy and Functional Fruit

    I have a weakness for watermelons. The other day I was munching delectable watermelon that my friend Ramesh from wynad had procured. After polishing off the watermelon I told Ramesh about the medicinal properties of watermelon. Ramesh was all ears and wanted me to put the info in my blog. 

So guys here it comes.    Watermelon is an excellent fruit that can ward off ill effects of prehypertension. Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to the regulation of vascular tone and healthy blood pressure.   

When university of Florida researchers administered six grams of the amino acid L-citrulline/L-arginine from watermelon extract there was improved arterial function and consequently lowered aortic blood pressure in all nine of their prehypertensive subjects. Watermelon has vasodilatory effect, and this may prevent prehypertension from progressing to full-blown hypertension.   

Watermelon is also a rich source of vitamin A, B6, C, fiber, potassium and lycopene. So guys go ahead and eat watermelons when the season comes. 

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